LNG Buy B.C. Advocate Gordon Wilson speaks during the two-day Regional LNG Energy Seminar at the Victoria Conference Centre in April 2015.
VICTORIA — B.C.’s Supreme Court struck out a lengthy list of special damage claims in a civil court lawsuit by former B.C. Liberal leader Gordon Wilson that names Premier John Horgan and one of his top cabinet ministers.In a decision released online Thursday, Justice George Macintosh struck 24 special damages claims from Wilson’s pending lawsuit, but permitted him to provide the court with more details during trial.Wilson launched a defamation suit after he was fired from his $150,000-a-year job as B.C.’s LNG Advocate shortly after the New Democrats became government in 2017.His suit names Bruce Ralston, B.C. jobs, trade and technology minister; Rachel Blaney, federal NDP MP for North Island-Powell River; NDP staffer Jen Holmwood and Horgan.Wilson alleges he was defamed by comments about his work performance and is seeking damages for loss of income.Included in the opportunities lost that the court rejected were damage claims of consulting or advocacy work with former premier Christy Clark, for several liquefied natural gas firms and the federal government.In September 2017, Horgan said he made a “full and fair” apology for his remarks about Wilson.None of the allegations have been proven in court.Wilson is seeking $5 million in damages.Related